In Memory of Maggie

Beautiful Maggie

Beautiful Maggie

Dear Friends,

On October 16, 2008, at 3:32 pm, Maggie crossed over into her spirit home. All will remember her as a Light that steadfastly and with great love, shined on some of our darkest moments. She taught me not only how to be a better counselor, but how to be a better human being. Whenever I struggled to live in the present moment, I need look no further than Maggie, for she and all our furry friends, only live in the now of every moment. What a teacher she has been for many of you and me as well.

Although I “rescued” Maggie on a busy road in Buffalo Gap Texas 9 years ago, it was I who was truly saved that day, for she always gave far more than I could ever give back. Who could’ve known that a scared, lost yellow dog, covered in red clay dirt would become a beautiful, golden angel who would enter our hearts and leave us better for the experience. I’ve always known that I was the one truly blessed in this relationship, and it has been a sacred honor to be her caretaker. I was her spirit mother, and at the same time her grand-daughter, for Maggie was indeed the Grandmother spirit we all long for and hope to experience; she was all loving, all accepting, all comforting, and all-knowing. God smiled on me the day she entered my life, and every day that followed. I am eternally grateful for all the days that I got to spend in her presence and would do it all again in a heartbeat. I will miss her more than words could ever express.

Will Rogers said, “If there are no dogs in heaven, then I want to go where they are.” I’m with you all the way, Will! What extraordinary creatures our pets are and how fortunate we are to share space and time with them. I know people who after experiencing the gut-wrenching loss of an animal, decide never to have one again because it just hurts to bad to lose them. Although I understand how hard the loss is, I could not forego the joyful bounty of their company. For me, the love and companionship far out-weigh the depth of despair that comes when we must say good-bye, and it is despair as deep as an abyss and as wide as the horizon. So thank you, Maggie, for being there for me during some pretty tough times, for loving me through it all, and for brightening my days with your glowing aura. As we sat, for the last time, in the light of the moon a few nights ago and said some of our good-byes, you let me know that everything will be Ok; even this. I know you are right.

Maggie, I believe you are in the spirit land of heaven, and even the angels, having missed your special light while you were here with me, are glad you’ve come home. Tell them I said “thank you” for loaning you to me. Give my Daddy, Trevor, and Freda big kisses from me, as well as all my other loved ones in that beautiful land. Yesterday I asked for your promise that you’d be there waiting for me when it’s my time to cross, and I know you won’t let me down. So go chase squirrels and eat all the coconut cake you want my love. I will see you in the sweet by and by.

With love,


  1. Hilary said,

    October 18, 2008 at 8:09 pm

    Just read your post and wanted to pass on my condolences. Maggie sounds delightful. Our thought are with you.

  2. rebecca said,

    October 18, 2008 at 9:47 pm

    Thank you Hilary! I really appreciate your sentiments on such sad occasion.
    Love the pics of your dogs on your blog!

  3. successforrealpeople said,

    October 18, 2008 at 10:04 pm

    My condolences to you Rebecca. I lost my dog a year ago and know the sadness that comes from losing a wonderful companion. Pets are truly a blessing. My thoughts are with you.


  4. rebecca said,

    October 18, 2008 at 10:19 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing your story. Today has been truly hard but all the kindness from family, friends, and even strangers is so heartwarming.
    Yes, our animals are such a blessing.

  5. Kim said,

    October 20, 2008 at 3:18 am


    I am so sorry to hear of Maggie’s passing. I know what a blessing she was to you and many who she would comfort at retreats. She was a special creature and I know that you two had a unique and close bond. You both filled a void for one another and together created a loving, caring environment that strengthened more and more from one day to the next. My thoughts, prayers and love are with you as you grieve.


  6. rebecca said,

    October 20, 2008 at 3:44 am

    Kim, Thank you so much for your sweet eloquent words and memories of Maggie. You know how much she loved attention from humans and I know somewhere her tail is wagging and she is doing her special dance to show her appreciation for all the heart-felt honoring she’s been receiving. I’m so glad you got to be a part of her special grace.


  7. Sheila Unwin said,

    October 26, 2008 at 4:00 pm


    I am so sorry… I have many memories of Maggie… especially slipping her a treat when we both knew I was not supposed to! Thank you for sharing her with all of us. I know she truly helped me.. and many others… My thoughts and prayers are with you.


  8. rebecca said,

    October 26, 2008 at 6:53 pm

    Yes, I always knew you and Maggie had something going under the table! Thank you so much for remembering Maggie’s contribution to my work.
    At times she WAS the work wasn’t she! So many wonderful memories.
    Hope all is well with you and your family.

  9. Lorri said,

    October 27, 2008 at 4:46 pm

    Dear Rebecca,

    I am so sorry to hear of Maggie’s passing. Being the owner of 2 Siberian Huskies, I know how dear these animals are and how their spirits help uplift ours. We lost our first husky who taught us how to ski-journ, how to love the snow, and how to love one another whether playing or lying in the grass under a warm sun. I remember Maggie’s greeting when I came to see you…her warm nuzzle and what looked like a wink of the eye. She was loved and she will be remembered.

    Lots of light and love to you in your time of sorrow…Lorri

  10. rebecca said,

    October 28, 2008 at 2:28 am

    So good to hear from you Lorri. The loss of our animal children is heart-breaking, but oh my the gifts they do leave us. Thank you for remembering Maggie’s warmth and that twinkle in her eye. All these memories mean so much to me….Miss you…rebecca

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